How to keep your mind from making things feel worse than they really are.

We can't avoid the actual ups and downs of life, but we can stop our tendency to amplify things way out of proportion. This false amplification of our life circumstances is what the buddha meant when he talked about suffering. To respond to life by seeing and understanding things as they really are is to achieve equanimity. To live life fully with equanimity is to have what is called
"Busy Life...Quiet Mind."

What is Zen Study?
A very famous Zen Master, Dogen Zenji, once said, "To study the Buddha way is to study the self."

His simple statement is simply true. Zen is a thorough, deep and honest examination of the fundamental truths of the everyday reality of life. Seeing, and living, these truths will set you free. 

Zen is not a religion. It's not a philosophy. It's not hypnosis or mental trickery. It's not spiritual, metaphysical or airy-fairy. It's not an escape from reality or a cure all for psychological issues or a quick fix for stress relief.

It's about seeing the world and your self clearly and honestly, and then dropping the delusions, mistaken views and superstitions that cause so much pain and misunderstanding. When those are gone, your true self shines through.

It's also not rocket science. Anyone can get it. It just requires a willingness to be open minded, and a desire to try seeing life and the world from the Zen perspectives that have been taught for over 2500 years.

I offer two 90 minute classes per week conducted via Zoom video conference. I charge $25 per month by subscription per student. With your active subscription you may attend any or all of the classes.

The classes are not straight lectures. I normally begin each class with a Zen story or commentary and then move quickly to question and answer and lively discussion. I connect the dots between the various Zen teachings and the day to day reality of life that we all have to deal with, here, and now, in America. Zen is about life, your life, and my life, and that is my focus.

I'm not going to tell you what to think or who you should be. I simply share the teachings and wisdom passed down to me and ask that you consider them. It's fun and interesting and I won't put you on the spot.

Wednesday Evenings from 7:30-9:00 pm (MT)
Sunday Mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 am (MT)

When you subscribe, you will be on my class list, and I'll send out the Zoom links for each class the day before they take place. 

Hogen Robes Close_3.JPG

Bruce Hogen Lambson
I was born and raised in Seattle. I worked for companies there in the areas of industrial machinery and engineering and then had my own related businesses. I became interested in and began my Buddhist studies in 1994, primarily in the Tibetan tradition. In my extensive business travels around the West Coast I was able to visit many different Buddhist centers. In 1996 I met Genpo Merzel Roshi, the Abbot and resident Zen Master of the Kanzeon Zen Center in Salt Lake City.

I began attending retreats there over the next few years until, in 2003, I moved to Salt Lake City and entered training under Genpo Roshi as a full time student/resident of the Zen Center. I was ordained a Monk in 2005 and served as Executive Director for Kanzeon Zen Center until 2010. I currently live in Sandy, Utah with my wife Jenny, and daughter Celeste. I have continued my training with Genpo Roshi and have his permission to teach others. I founded All Rivers Zen Study Group in 2008 as a way to gratefully carry on the tradition and do my part to pass along my experience to others. It's my hope that I can be of benefit to my community this way.